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Patti Schofler

October 14, 2014

Creating A Pipeline To The Top Of Dressage

The word “confidence” rang out many times—from the covered arena where Debbie McDonald coached developing rider Genay Vaughn on Donarweiss GGF and 15 minutes later the same word came across the speaker in the outdoor arena as Robert Dover reminded elite rider Dawn White O’Connor on Aristo that the greats have confidence because of the success of the work at home.

October 11, 2014

Kasey Perry Hopes The Dressage Pipeline Clinic Will Help Show Her The Way To The Top

“Pipeline” is becoming a key word in the U.S. dressage community as the sport implements a coaching module that reaches deep into the country’s resources to pump up the level of success on the world stage.

The USEF/USET Foundation Dressage Pipeline Clinic brings the three USEF national coaches together with promising competitors to aid them with meeting the challenges of the equestrian athlete. In the long term, the goal is to position the U.S. dressage team as a gold medal contender.

June 10, 2013

Dressage Scribing Goes Digital

If you’ve ever received a dressage test and spent the next hour going line by line, trying to decipher the scribbled notations and finally throwing up your hands in despair as to whether it was your horse or your circles that “cld be roundr” or “nds electy,” then you are in good company.

But you are also in luck. Now a scribe can input a judge’s scores, movement comments and further remarks into a laptop computer that scores the test with each input and sends the final result to a printer that produces an ever so neat and clean test, complete with the judge’s digital signature.

May 24, 2011

How A Virus Has Changed One County

More than 13,000 horses reside in Sonoma County, Calif., making the equine industry there second only to its world-famous wine. But the Sonoma horse community is far from a united front against the outbreak of equine herpes virus (EHV-1).

Reactions run the gamut with few people sitting on the fence.

Two Sonoma County horses attended the National Cutting Horse Association Western National Championship, held April 28-May 8 in Ogden, Utah, which has been pinpointed as the source of the potentially lethal virus. These two horses haven’t yet shown symptoms of the disease.

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